Meet Warren Jones, a Mississippi blackmailer:
“He rolled over on his side and peeked through matted eyelashes serching for his glass of whiskey. Spotting it on the floor, he plucked the glass off the stained carpet, took a sip and then leaned back onto the rumpled double bed.”
Aaron Wagner and Otis Keel are antique dealers (gay, but not exactly merry). They are Jones´ victims, and they decide that killing him will solve all their problems, but of course life is never as simple as that.
The setting is Beatty in sweltering Mississippi, a quiet small-town feel with whisky-drinking men, women who are gossips and busybodies and absolutely love sticking their noses into everybody else´s business.
Miss Pettybone is one of the local postwomen, a thirty-six-year-old ´neat freak´ who is growing so tired of her daily routine that she jumps at the chance to play sleuth when she finds the body of Warren Jones.
Another feisty character is dumpster diving Mary Alice McKidding:
“This country would be better off if we kept some men for breeding and castrated the rest. The government would be able to think a lot better, let me tell you that!”
All in all a nice southern mystery with a dash of irreverence. I bought the e-book myself.
Finally I think I should tell you that there were several typos and other errors in this edition, but the writer has uploaded a new version which should be better. I know some of you would not forgive this as lightly as I did, but I found many things to like in this light and entertaining debut.
The Cosy Knave baton has almost run its course, but today it goes to José in Spain.